Try This Simple Cost Of Living Calculator Before Your Next Move

Dated: August 9 2022

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Try This Simple Cost of Living Calculator Before Your Next Move


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Thinking about a move to a new place can be a really exciting time! A move to a new state or even across a state can take a lot of planning. Whether you're moving to the Tampa Bay area or leaving for a new place to live, don't forget to consider differences in the cost of living while you're researching your next place to call home. 


This easy-to-use cost of living calculator from Payscale.com can be a great place to start before you make a move! Just click below to go directly to the calculator and plug in your current location and the one you're moving to (as shown in the example below). This tool will give you an idea of whether you'll need to earn more or if it's easier to live on a little less in the new location you're thinking about moving to.

Payscale.com Calculator

Another factor to consider when planning a move to a new state is if your paycheck will change even if your pay rate or salary isn't changing. Many states have different tax laws that can affect your final take home pay. For instance, you'd likely see an increase in your take-home pay if you moved from California to Florida with no change in your base salary, because Florida has NO STATE INCOME TAX. Residents only pay federal income tax in Florida. Vice versa, you'd likely see a decrease in your take-home pay if you moved from a state like Florida to a state like California or Virginia since those states do have a state income tax for residents in addition to the federal income taxes collected. 


Curious what your current paycheck may look like in another location? 


Check out this paycheck calculator below. It's also a great way to start budgeting and planning for your next move!


Paycheck Calculator


Other expenses to consider when budgeting for your next move include:


  • Cost of Childcare

  • Grocery Prices

  • Cost of Private Schools if Public Schools aren't your thing (Check out this Blog on School Zones)

  • Property Tax Rates (Check out this Blog to see which cities in Pinellas have the Highest/Lowest Property Tax Rates)

  • If there are Personal Property Taxes on the vehicles you own (in states like Virginia, this is paid annually)

  • The cost of public transportation or paid parking each day if this will apply to your new commute

  • Cost of Fuel for your vehicle, as prices can vary state by state


Lastly, if you've been thinking about a move to Pinellas County, FL or the Greater Tampa Bay, FL area, contact us for additional resources so we can help you find your next dream home! 


Moving away from Florida and need a Realtor in your new state? We have a network of hundreds of agents around the country and would be happy to give you a recommendation!


The Sandy Hartmann Real Estate Group


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Andrea Hartmann

Andrea is the Managing Partner of The Sandy Hartmann Group and runs the team alongside Sandy Hartmann. She would love to talk to you about real estate! Andrea was born and raised in the Tampa Bay a....

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